From the same vintage as the Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone (below) and from vineyards only a few kilometers away, this Font-Sane Ventoux has a distintly different personality. The color is medium deep crimson but with none of the bluish tones of the CDR. Pepper, spice, flowers and berries are all there but in a different proportion and format. At this stage, the wine is all red fruit, not as ripe as the Grand Prieur perhaps but more lively with a lifted minty, herbal quality to the aromas. Two summers ago, this was the wine that our resident hummingbird tried to dive bomb in the glass, and it still has some of those come-hither qualities although it is beginning to show some signs of maturity.
Like the two wines below, this red Ventoux can safely accompany any summer dish featuring fresh vegetables and herbs. And if you have a strip steak or lamb chop on the grill, all the better.